Sun Moon Lake

Sun Moon Lake showing a lake or waterhole
Walk along scenic hiking routes and stay for the dramatic sunset behind the misty mountains that surround this picturesque lake.

Sun Moon Lake is a large expanse of fresh water at the heart of a mountainous area rich in vegetation. Take a boat tour to trawl across Taiwan’s largest lake and see the island and other gems dotted around it. Follow trekking paths next to the lake that lead to various pagodas, temples and small villages worth investigating.

The lake covers an area of almost 2,000 acres (800 hectares) at an altitude of around 2,500 feet (760 metres). Rent a shuttle boat to move from one side to the other with your family and friends, taking in spectacular views of the mountains. You can also take a guided tour, which usually lasts about 2 hours. Traditionally, many couples visit the stunning setting for their wedding pictures.

Capture photos of the scenic hills that change colour depending on the time of day. The area is mesmerizing at sunrise and sunset, when the mountains seem to take on red and purple hues. The lake is quite busy during the afternoon and much calmer at dawn and dusk.

Cycle up to the Wen Wu Chao, which dates back to 1938, to the north of the lake. Admire the vermilion stone lions guarding the front plaza. Make your way to the Ita Thao to learn about the indigenous people. Take a boat ride past the tiny Lalu Island in the centre of the lake to walk among the trees. It is considered sacred by the Thao people.

Join thousands of revellers at the Sun Moon Lake Swimming Carnival in mid-autumn when a 3,000-metre swimming race takes place.

It is said that the lake is named Sun Moon because its western section resembles a moon, while the east depicts the sun. It was formerly known as Lake Candidius, after a 17th-century Dutch missionary.

Sun Moon Lake sits in the heart of the Nantou County region, between Hualien County and Changua County. It is just west of the Formosa Aboriginal Culture Village .

Top 10 Hotels Near Sun Moon Lake

Sun Moon Lake Fuli Hot Spring Resort
Sun Moon Lake Fuli Hot Spring Resort
4 out of 5
No.250-2, Zhongshan Rd., Yuchi, Nantou County, 55548
The price is S$221 per night from 1 Sep to 2 Sep
Stay at this 4-star family-friendly hotel in Yuchi. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and hot springs on site. Our guests praise the comfy rooms and the family amenities ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (487 reviews)
Nice hotel
"it's a good hotel. the facilities are new and children-friendly. Every spot is within 10 minutes walking distance. Will definitely visit again."

Reviewed on 24 Jan,2022

Sun Moon Lake Fuli Hot Spring Resort
Sun Moon Lake Hotel
Sun Moon Lake Hotel
4 out of 5
No. 419, Zhongshan Rd, Yuchi, Nantou County, 555
The price is S$238 per night from 1 Sep to 2 Sep
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Yuchi. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in their ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (856 reviews)
"It was a very comfortable hotel"

Reviewed on 14 Aug,2022

Sun Moon Lake Hotel
Fleur de Chine Hotel
Fleur de Chine Hotel
5 out of 5
23 Zhongzheng Road, Sun Moon Lake, Yuchi, Nantou County, 55546
The price is S$522 per night from 6 Sep to 7 Sep
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Yuchi. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 6 restaurants. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the spacious rooms in their ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (1,001 reviews)
"The best is the staff kindness, next the room view. Hopefully they improve the dinner buffet, nothing out of the common buffet, not up to a 5 start hotel"

Reviewed on 12 Aug,2022

Fleur de Chine Hotel
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Miller Home Stay
Miller Home Stay
3.5 out of 5
No. 76, Riyue St., Yuchi, Nantou County, 55546
The price is S$83 per night from 15 Sep to 16 Sep
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Sun Moon Lake Hotel
Sun Moon Lake Hotel
4 out of 5
No. 419, Zhongshan Rd, Yuchi, Nantou County, 555
The price is S$238 per night from 1 Sep to 2 Sep
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Fleur de Chine Hotel
Fleur de Chine Hotel
5 out of 5
23 Zhongzheng Road, Sun Moon Lake, Yuchi, Nantou County, 55546
The price is S$522 per night from 6 Sep to 7 Sep
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Sun Moon Lake Fuli Hot Spring Resort
Sun Moon Lake Fuli Hot Spring Resort
4 out of 5
No.250-2, Zhongshan Rd., Yuchi, Nantou County, 55548
The price is S$221 per night from 1 Sep to 2 Sep
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The Richforest Hotel Sun Moon Lake
The Richforest Hotel Sun Moon Lake
3.5 out of 5
No.31, Shuixiu St., Yuchi, Nantou County, 555
The price is S$233 per night from 1 Sep to 2 Sep
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Shui Sha Lian Hotel
Shui Sha Lian Hotel
3.5 out of 5
No. 5, Mingsheng St, Yuchi, Nantou County, 555
The price is S$114 per night from 1 Sep to 2 Sep
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Einhan Resort
Einhan Resort
3.5 out of 5
No. 88, Wenhua St., Yuchi, Nantou County, 55546
The price is S$137 per night from 31 Aug to 1 Sep
Einhan Resort
Hu Yue Lakeview Hotel
Hu Yue Lakeview Hotel
3.5 out of 5
No.113, Yiyong St., Yuchi Township, Yuchi, Nantou County, 55546
The price is S$153 per night from 1 Sep to 2 Sep
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Taihe
3 out of 5
No. 39, Wenhua St., Yuchi, Nantou County, 555
The price is S$151 per night from 21 Aug to 22 Aug
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